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WHY IS INCONTINENCE A TABOO SUBJECT?

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At NIGHT N DAY, we are committed to breaking the taboos and seals of silence associated with incontinence.

Incontinence may be a taboo subject that many are unwilling to talk about, due to the stigma attached to it, but the reality is that nearly 40% of Australians will, at some point in their lives, be affected by incontinence.

The fact that approximately 38% of Australian Adults, and approximately 40% of Australians overall are affected by incontinence, proves that if you are affected, you certainly are not alone, or if you care for someone who is affected by incontinence, you too are not alone.

Research and data, ‘Continence Health in Australia’, released by the Continence Foundation of Australia, dated June 2019, indicates that reportedly 1 in 3 Adult Australians (approximately 38%) are affected by incontinence.

In the latest Continence Foundation of Australia Pre-Budget Submission 2021-2022 it was reported that Incontinence affects overall 1 in 4 Australians, resulting in high economic ramifications for consumers and also for the health and as well as aged care 

As of May 2021, Australia’s population is over 25.7 million according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics population clock.

Subsequently, the overall number of Australians experiencing incontinence at some point of time in their lives, may continue to grow in the future.

Key Statistics on Incontinence
1 in 3 adult Australians are affected by incontinence in Australia.
1 in 4 Australians overall are affected by incontinence in Australia.

The Continence Foundation of Australia has the following statistical information:

 Statistics On Urinary Incontinence

 

  • Urinary incontinence affects up to 10% of Australian men and up to 38% of Australian women1.
  • 80% of those with urinary incontinence in the community are women2.
  • Over half of women living in the community with urinary incontinence are aged under 50 years2.
  • 65% of women and 30% of men sitting in a GP waiting room report some type of urinary incontinence, yet only 31% of these people report not seeking help from a health professional3.
  • 70% of people with urinary leakage do not seek advice and treatment for their problem 4,5.
  • Urge incontinence [a sudden and strong need to urinate (wee)] commonly occurs with prostate disease. It is low in younger men and increases to 30% for men aged 70-84 and 50% for men aged 85 years and over6.
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    STATISTICS ON FAECAL INCONTINENCE STATISTICS

     

  • Faecal incontinence affects 6% of Australian men and 10% of Australian women1.
  • 62% of those with faecal incontinence in the community are women2.
  • 44% of women living in the community with faecal incontinence are aged under 50 years.”
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    Data from June 2019 revealed

    “A new report on 'Continence Health in Australia’, released by the Continence Foundation of Australia on the eve of World Continence Week, shows that incontinence affects more than 1 in 3 Australians (38%).

    This new data from a nationally representative survey, shows that incontinence is now faced by over 6 million Australians and can cause serious long-term physical and mental health problems if left untreated.

    Continence Foundation of Australia CEO, Rowan Cockerell says the ‘Continence Health in Australia’ snapshot report reveals significantly higher prevalence in women who have given birth (61%), people with arthritis (57%), mental health disorders (53%), disabilities (47%), diabetes (46%) and men with prostate problems (54%).

    “We knew incontinence affects millions of Australians but this new National Survey tells us that the problem is even more widespread than we previously thought,” says Mrs Cockerell.

    “Sadly, incontinence is deeply stigmatised and many consider it a taboo topic. Individuals will go to great lengths to keep their condition a secret if they are able. It adds an extra dimension of suffering to the actual health condition and has been found to lead to social isolation, higher psychological impact and delayed help-seeking.”

    The National Survey reveals that the majority of people (62%) never seek professional help, this is despite evidence that incontinence can be better treated, managed and, in many cases, can even be cured at any age. 

    Since 1989, the Continence Foundation of Australia has been providing information, education and services such as the free National Continence Helpline who answer over 27,000 calls for help each year. They distribute around 1 million health fact sheets, brochures, flyers and other resources and, last year, presented 355 community forums across the country and educated over 3,700 health professionals in best-practice continence care.

    “This report demonstrates the strong need to continue that work into the future to meet increasing demand,” says Mrs Cockerell.

    Much of the work of the Continence Foundation is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the National Continence Program and the Health Peak and Advisory Bodies Program.

    “We are proud to work in partnership with the Continence Foundation of Australia to support the millions of Australians who suffer from debilitating bladder and bowel problems or pelvic dysfunction,” says Australian Health Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt.

    “The National Continence Helpline is a great example of this. For 20 years, the Australian Government have been funding this free confidential service, staffed by specialist continence nurses which provides urgent advice and information to the millions who need it, particularly our most vulnerable and those in rural and remote areas without access to specialist health services.”

    Read the full report: Continence in Australia

    View the World Continence Week video message from Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt MP” 

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    Should you require any product assistance; did you know that we manufacture a complete range of incontinence products including absorbent underwear and waterproof pads? Some of these products also double as period-proof underwear.

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